The removal of the black stripe from a player’s helmet signifies that they have done enough in practice to be considered full-fledged Buckeyes.
Both Igbinosun and Tate had good days on Saturday before the stripes were removed.
Igbinosun came to Ohio State as a transfer from Ole Miss where he was a Freshman All-American last year. He’s a tall (6-2) cornerback who uses his size and length to smother receivers and break up potential completions.
Which he did on a couple of occasions during Saturday’s practice.
Tate losing his black stripe after just five practices may be an Ohio State record. No other freshman has lost his black stripe this early in spring camp since Urban Meyer started the tradition back in 2012.
The only other freshman to possibly lose his stripe in fewer practices is Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who took part in two spring practices in 2020 before the world shut down, then lost his black stripe five days after the Big Ten announced football was back in mid-September.
The first true freshman to ever lose his black stripe in the spring was receiver Austin Mack, who had his stripe removed seven practices into the 2016 spring camp.
Black Stripes Removed
Freshmen Still Waiting
QB Lincoln Kienholz | WR Noah Rogers | WR Bryson Rodgers | WR Brandon Inniss | TE Jelani Thurman | OL Luke Montgomery | OT Miles Walker | OG Austin Siereveld | OC Josh Padilla | DE Joshua Mickens | DL Jason Moore | DT Will Smith, Jr. | DT Kayden McDonald | LB Arvell Reese | CB Jermaine Mathews, Jr. | CB Calvin Simpson-Hunt | SAF Malik Hartford | SAF Cedrick Hawkins | SAF Jayden Bonsu